What is it? Google Plus is Google's new social network. But why start a Google Plus account when you already have a Facebook account? Well, Facebook was developed on the premise that everyone is your "friend" which isn't how your social circles work in real life. Google plus is built so that you can intuitively break up all your connections into "circles" and treat each circle separately. (Facebook allows you to do some of the same things but the privacy settings are confusing and constantly changing.) Google Plus has a lot of slick features, but the biggest reason to open a Google Plus account is that if you use a lot of Google products you will inevitably get one some day. IMPORTANT: This is not the snapshot if you are looking to implement Google+ for your command – Coming soon Google will roll out their Google+ product for businesses and we’ll take a look at that. Watch the video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC_M6PzXS9g&feature=player_embedded No, really, click on the link and watch the video!
But is it just an alternative to Facebook? What is it, really? Edelman Digital: Google Plus Isn’t A Social Network, It’s A Social Layer “Google Plus looks like a social network and feels like a social network but I don’t think that’s where all of this is going. What Google has been successful in doing is creating the beginnings of what I think will become a social layer across the Google/Web ecosystem. The brilliance of their strategy is that the experience is good and seems designed for users craving a solution that takes aspects from Twitter, Tumblr and adds some of the familiarity of Facebook resulting in a promising social experience which lets users broadcast in public or share and connect selectively.” http://www.edelmandigital.com/2011/07/26/the-social-layer-six-thoughts-on-where-google-plus-is-going/ O’Reilly RADAR: Google+ is the social backbone “Google+ is the rapidly growing seed of a web-wide social backbone, and the catalyst for the ultimate uniting of the social graph… As web search connects people to documents across the web, the social backbone connects people to each other directly, across the full span of web-wide activity…Search removed the need to remember domain names and URLs. It's a superior way to locate content. The social backbone will relieve our need to manage email addresses and save us laborious "friending" and permission-granting activity — in addition to providing other common services such as notification and sharing.” http://radar.oreilly.com/2011/07/google-plus-social-backbone.html
What does it look like? Watch the video explanation straight from Google: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwnJ5Bl4kLI&feature=player_embedded How does it work? Why didn’t I get an invitation yet?
Why should you care? Google+ has reached 20 million users in only 3 weeks (We know that a segment of the Navy family is a part of that number) Google+ will be launching profiles for businesses very soon adding new ways to reach, engage and serve Navy stakeholders, http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/20786/Google-to-Launch-Business-Profiles-with-Analytics-in-Q3.aspx Search results and search engine rankings will be impacted, http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/20032/5-Ways-Google-Will-Influence-Search-Results.aspx Journalists will be using Google+ to source stories, host hangouts and engage with readers, http://mashable.com/2011/07/17/journalists-using-google-plus/ “There will be a product very soon that has businesses’ interests in mind… We want to give them the features businesses expect and the features that can improve the sharing experience both for consumers and businesses.” --Google spokesperson, http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/20786/Google-to-Launch-Business-Profiles-with-Analytics-in-Q3.aspx#ixzz1TQelVnb9
Should I join? Courtney Jeffries from the Social Media Club indicates If you answer yes to more than 3 of these questions, than Google+ is likely to be a platform you will find useful: Does your iTunes Music Library contain playlists with labels like Dance Mix, Roadtrip Tunes, and Mom’s Music? Have you created a Group on Facebook? Do you save, tag, and share your bookmarks with Delicious, Google Bookmarks, or Diigo? Are you an avid user of Twitter hashtags and lists? Do you like to share photos with your friends or the public at large? Are you seeking more exposure for your creative portfolio? Do you frequently send friends links to news stories, comics, or upcoming events? Do you tend to socialize online? Do you often send group SMS messages to friends to decide what movie to see on Friday night? Read Courtney’s full article, “Is Google+ Right for You?”: http://socialmediaclub.org/blogs/from-the-clubhouse/social-introspection-google-right-you
Want to try it out? Here’s how you can get started… Huffington Post: Your Google+ Guide: 15 Tips for Newbies, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/12/google-plus-guide-tips-for-newbies_n_896350.html?1310581801#s307628&title=Join_Hangouts Mashable: Google+ Tips and Tricks: 10 Hints for New Users, http://mashable.com/2011/07/26/google-plus-tips-tricks/ IMPORTANT: You will be unable to use Google+ on an NMCI machine due to browser incompatibility.
We know you are excited about this new platform and want to get on and start sharing all your thoughts, data and family photos with others, but don’t forget about privacy and OPSEC! The same guidelines forconductand privacy apply no matter where you are online or offline Don’t share anything online that you don’t to be public Take precautions to review privacy settings and only share information with people you know well Never share personal information such as your phone number, home address, email, etc. or any information that could compromise OPSEC
1. Google+ privacy settings can be found and modified by going to the widget shaped icon in the top right hand corner of your browser, then selecting Google+ settings. 2. Next, select the “Profile and privacy tab at left. 3. Then, click on the individual sections for which you wish to change visibility/privacy. To change the visibility of information on your profile, you will be taken directly to your profile to edit settings on that page.
The information you type into your profile is made available to the public (“anyone on the web”) as a default. It is recommended that you do not make any of your profile information available to the public (AKA “anyone on the web”). If you choose to add that information to your profile, please select either the “your circles” or “only you” options ONLY to keep your shipmates, family members and self safe!